Monday, October 27, 2008

The bar says smoking is back

Electronic cigarettes that are legal to smoke in public places can now be smoked at a Ware bar.

Electronic cigarettes do not include any carcinogenic substances or lead to passive smoking but give a similar satisfaction to standard cigarettes, which are now banned in public places.

The 58-year-old businessman said: “It’s not exactly the same as a cigarette but it’s as close as you can get. It cuts you back. If you go out and smoke a cigarette you smoke the whole cigarette. With this, I can take it out, have two puffs and put it back in my pocket. It only works when you puff at it.”

The three-part cigarette consists of an atomizer that converts the fluid into vapour, a chargeable battery and a cartridge, which can contain light, medium or no nicotine. Each one has around 350 puffs (about 30 standard cigarettes).

Steve Berg, the importer of this product, said: “Whereas cigarettes are made of 4,000 substances, 69 of which are carcinogenic, e-cigarettes have just nicotine, glycol, which is commonly used in food, and tobacco flavouring. The smoker absorbs the nicotine and releases a vapour, which smells slightly from the non-nicotine products. We’re not claiming it’s healthy. Nicotine is a poison. But it’s ‘healthier’ than a cigarette.”

The device has been launched in Israel, China and Australia. Mr Berg brought it to the UK in June for £34.99 a pack.

Smoker, Louise Glazer, 26, tested it and said: “It was quite heavy, but good. I think it can help your cravings.” A spokeswoman for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) added: “They don’t produce smoke in the conventional way and therefore don’t pose the same degree of hazard to non-smokers. They are not 100 percent safe for smokers themselves as they are still inhaling nicotine, but they are almost certainly putting themselves at less risk. More research is needed to be clearer on their effect.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

One More Ban will Weaken Cigarettes Sale

A ban on branded cigarette packaging would weaken its sales, a report said. Government said that it will force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain. Government thinks that unbranded packets could be the most powerful tool yet unleashed in the war on smoking.
The tobacco industry has admitted that the new tactic, being pioneered in Britain but likely to be followed elsewhere, will cut profits and inflict enormous damage on cigarette manufacturers.
Tobacco analysts have warned in a leading industry magazine that a ban on branding and logos on packets would lead smokers to abandon well-known brands such as Marlboro and Silk Cut, which cost up to £6 a pack, and switch to cheaper options.
Researchers said that the ban on cigarette packaging will strip cigarettes of their glamorous image then will reduce also the numbers of young people taking up the habit.
The Department of Health considers that logos, colors and graphics on packets are used illegal and require them to be sold in plain packaging.
Adam Spielman, a tobacco analyst at Citigroup, said: "Plain packaging would level the playing field, making premium brands less attractive to smokers, and would lead to a rapid worsening of the falling sales trend which has been going on for years in the UK, far and away the most expensive country in Europe for smokers."
Tobacco companies fear that introducing the plain packaging would prompt many smokers to abandon the premium brands such as Marlboro and Benson and Hedges, and instead switch to much cheaper makes costing £3.50 to £4.
The tobacco industry reported that as cigarette advertising is banned in the UK, packs have become more elaborate as they are the best way manufacturers can promote their brands and distinguish them from rival products.
Recently the Health Department closed its consultation on a raft of measures to reduce the number of smokers even further, which has fallen to 22 percent of the adult population. They include plain packaging, banning cigarettes from public displays in shops, outlawing packs of 10 and getting rid of vending cigarette machines.
In this year it received even more responses than the 55,000 it got before last year's public smoking ban.
Deborah Arnott, director of health campaigning charity Ash, said: "The industry cannot survive without recruiting replacements for the 100,000 UK citizens its products kill each year. Most of these new smokers are children and young people, who our research shows find plain packs much less attractive."
The tobacco industry argued that this move will lead to a rise in cigarette smuggling.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tobacco Ban

You can find pipes, cigarettes and tobacco for sale at Walgreens pharmacy. The city will issue an order banning sales of smoking products at all pharmacies.

Now Walgreen Co is asking a state court to block the ban complaining the new law is anticompetitive and unconstitutional. Walgreen Co answers prohibitions are not in place at grocery stores and whole clubs like Sam’s and Costco that also have drugstores. All 52 Walgreen chemist’s shops in the city would be affected. The city is also preparing to enact regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco products at college campuses and pharmacies aimed at reducing smoking among youth.

The San Francisco city board of supervisors in two 8-3 votes, made the city the first in the country to stop the sale of cigarettes at drugstores. The legislation is modeled on the ban already in place in eight Canadian provinces and is supported by the California Medical Association and the American Cancer Society. The legislators felt that sick people getting prescriptions filled should not be faced with health destroying tobacco products at the drugstore. Besides Boston, expect Illinois, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee to consider tobacco-sale prohibitions this year.

The authority hopes to reduce premature death, smoking-related illnesses and the cost to public health caused by tobacco, which kills more than 1.4 million every year according to the WHO (World Health Organization).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stop Selling Tobacco Products to Minors

Scientists investigated Lompoc and Solvang because they suspected that in these cities tobacco products are selling to minors. In Santa Barbara County officials have released the results of the annual secret "tobacco buy" operations. The results indicate that sales to minors are down from last year in Goleta and the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, and that no sales to minors occurred from undercover buys in Lompoc or Solvang. The Public Health Department collaborated with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department for to conduct annual undercover buys in which youths, ages 15 or 16, act as undercover operatives and try to purchase tobacco products.

Results from the recent buys show that the unincorporated area’s rates are down to 10 percent this year from 15 percent last year. Researchers also found in the city of Goleta a decrease to 13 percent this year from 19 percent last year. The city of Santa Barbara had an 18 percent rate this year, up slightly from last year’s rate of 16 percent.

Tobacco licensing laws exist in Santa Barbara and Goleta and in the unincorporated areas of the county too. Licensing laws require businesses that sell tobacco products to obtain an annual permit and wait by all tobacco related laws, especially those concerning sales to minors. Public Health and Sheriff Department officials attribute the results to the licensing laws and consistent enforcement over time. Undercover tobacco buys were also conducted in other states too such as Carpentaria, resulting in a 24 percent illegal sales rate, Buellton with a 17 percent illegal sales rate, Guadalupe, where rates were 14 percent and Santa Maria at 13 percent.

After a full investigation researchers found that none of the tobacco retailers in Solvang and Lompoc sold tobacco products to the teen decoy during the annual checks. Also was found that in each of the communities, 84 percent to 100 percent of all tobacco retail outlets were shopped, with the exception of Santa Barbara, where 33 percent of the stores were visited. Sales of tobacco products to minors are monitored through routine unannounced enforcement operations. As a result of these local buys, five merchants face a potential 30-day suspension of the license.

The aim of anti-tobacco researchers is to stop selling tobacco products to minors.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Are Cigarettes a Major Source of Radiation Exposure?

In 40 years Tobacco Companies have found that cigarette smoke contains a dangerous radioactive substance that exposes heavy smokers to the radiation equivalent of having 300 chest X-rays a year.

Researchers showed in a study that cigarette manufacturers knew that tobacco contained polonium-210 but avoided drawing public attention to the fact for fear of "waking a sleeping giant".

Polonium-210 is a very dangerous because it emits alpha radiation which can cause about 11,700 lung cancer deaths each year worldwide. In 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian writer, died after being poisoned with polonium-210.

The polonium-210 in tobacco plants comes from high-phosphate fertilizers used on crops. The fertilizer is manufactured from rocks that contain radioisotopes such as poloniu-m-210.

Researchers found that the radioactive substance is absorbed through the plant's roots and deposited on its leaves.

People who smoke one and a half packets of cigarettes a day are exposed to as much radiation as they would receive from 300 chest X-rays a year, according to research. Australian tobacco companies were not legally obliged to reveal the levels of chemicals contained in cigarettes.

This made it difficult to know exactly how damaging PO-210 was and meant it was impossible to know what effect it had on other poisons contained in cigarettes. Researchers are sure that PO-210 is obviously highly toxic and they will approve any efforts to publicize it danger.

They added: "But the industry needs to be better regulated before we can support specific warnings."
Researchers found a lot of arguments for to proof that PO-210 is very dangerous for people’s health. After an inhalation tests they have shown that PO-210 is a cause of lung cancer in animals.

It has also been estimated to be responsible for 1% of all US lung cancers, or 1600 deaths a year. The US authors analyzed 1500 internal tobacco company documents, finding that tobacco companies conducted scientific studies on removing polonium-210 from cigarettes but were unable to do so.

Philip Morris even decided not to publish internal research on polonium-210 which was more favorable to the tobacco industry than previous studies for fear of heightening public awareness of PO-210.

Urging his boss not to publish the results, one scientist wrote: "It has the potential of waking a sleeping giant." Tobacco company lawyers played a key role in suppressing information about the research to protect the companies from litigation.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


According to a study of New Jersey middle- and high-schoolers, flavored Asian cigarettes, even worse than regular ones, are gaining popularity among minority youth. The exotic cigarettes from India and Southeast Asia, called “bidis,” are manufactured of tobacco wrapped in a leaf and tied with a string. For the U.S. market, cherry, root beer, vanilla, or other aromas are added.

After sampling the New Jersey young people, Mary Hrywna, M.P.H., and colleagues found that about 34 percent of high school kids and 12 percent of middle school students used any kind of tobacco. But, 9 percent of high school and 5 percent of the middle-schoolers said they used “bidis”.

Black high school students were more likely to smoke “bidis” than white students. In middle school, black and Hispanic students were more than twice as likely as whites to use them.

Bidis’ candy-like taste and a street reputation as “natural” products lead youth, especially minorities, to consider them safer than ordinary cigarettes.
The study showed young people who believed that “bidis” were safer were more likely to use them, as were users of other tobacco products.

But “bidis” deliver more nicotine than usual cigarettes, increasing the likelihood of addiction and raising the risk of cancers of the mouth, lungs, throat, stomach, esophagus and liver, say the researchers.

Because enforcement of laws governing tobacco sales to minors concentrates on cigarettes, products like snuff or “bidis” are easier to buy. Other researchers have discovered that “bidis” are often sold without tax stamps, suggesting they are imported illegally and thus can be sold more cheaply than usual tobacco products.

A complete approach to youth tobacco prevention and cessation campaigns should address other tobacco products as well as cigarettes. Those approaches should also pay attention to groups like black youth, who use “bidis”, cigarettes and cigars about equally.

Future study should try to understand just why young people are so attracted to “bidis”. Tobacco control efforts must also combat the illusion that they are not as bad as regular cigarettes. Public health messages aimed at youth must dispel the dangerous myth that other tobacco products like “bidis” and cigars are safer than usual cigarettes.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Can Smoking Affects Athletic Performance?

In a study researchers showed that some runners still smoke and this is a bad habit for their health. They said that these runners have less to do with stretching and more to do with smoking.

Smoking is one of the biggest secrets of the fitness world and also is a serious problem, because is not talking about mall walkers who light up once a week. These are men and women who compete in marathons and triathlons and go hiking and train at the gym. And who also have a pretty steady cigarette habit.

Miguel Otero, 29, of Nashville, a regular smoker who light up as soon as he finished running, said: "I tell myself that I'm a healthy smoker because I run."
Otero has a healthy living through exercise and sticking to a vegetarian diet, but smoking away nonetheless.

According to a study 2 percent of the 2,500 people who responded said they smoked, unbeknownst to their running friends. About 4 percent said they smoked but that their running buddies know that.

"Those are two things that just don't go together," said Amy Barrow, 50, of Nashville, who gave up smoking when she was 32 and started running competitively.

She was 16 when she picked up her first cigarette, snuck out of her mother's purse or something like that, Barrow reported. Throughout her young adult life, she smoked a pack and a half of unfiltered Camel cigarettes a day.

About 1990, she took a jog with some friends from the gym and found out she was pretty good at it, bad lungs and all.
"I wondered what would happen if I quit smoking," she added.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Congress is going to ban flavored cigarettes, except menthols

Congress is fighting over whether to ban this flavored, popular tobacco product.

Mentholated cigarettes were launched in the 1920s with such names as Spud, Listerine, the Original Eucalyptus Smoke and Snowball. Today they are sold as Kool, Newport and Marlboro Menthol, the smokes of choice among the black community.

Critics say these products designed specifically to lure African-American young people into a lifetime of tobacco use and dependence.

While a growing number of cities and states have moved in recent years to ban smoking in restaurants, workplaces and entertainment sites and Congress is moving toward a ban on flavored cigarettes and anything should be done about menthols.

Billy Perry, of Chicago, said he is been smoking Newports for 30 years. Perry said: “It has a better taste and less of the effects of harshness.”

A ban looks like a political pace too far for Congress. The House last month approved a measure that would depute the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored additives and to regulate tobacco products. Menthol flavoring was exempted in the bill.

The bill passed the House by a wide margin (326 to 102) but the menthol exemption was part of the negotiations to get enough votes to pass the bill. Some House members tried to protect tobacco farmers and others objected to the government having any role in the resolution of tobacco.

One tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, supported the measure but only with the menthol exemption.

Menthol critics point to studies that claim young blacks have been targeted by marketing plans of cigarettes shops. Tobacco companies have absolutely denied targeting young people and are lobbying against any ban on menthols, which include about a quarter of all cigarette sales.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly three out of four black smokers buy menthol brands, compared with three of 10 white smokers.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Menthol cigarettes are as harmful as ordinary cigarettes

Menthol Cigarettes

American scientists have studied menthol cigarettes. The experts identified curious detail - it's twice more difficult to quit smoking menthol cigarettes than ordinary cigarettes.

63% of 1535 smokers said that they prefer menthol cigarettes. Scientists have found that almost half of those who tried to quit, returned to cigarettes.

Scientists have also found out that young unemployed women experience addiction to menthol cigarettes mostly. Quit smoking menthol cigarettes is twice harder than usual cigarettes. The recent study shows that fact.

Menthol cigarettes are as harmful as ordinary cigarettes. Specialists say that the best way to quit smoking menthol cigarettes is to shift to ordinary cigarettes and than try to quit.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Adding Blogger Sitemap To Google.

I'm sorry for the Offtop. The reason i post this is a lot of topics with problems how to add Blogger Sitemap to Google.
So here is my variant:

1. Create Google webmaster tools account if You don't have one.
2. Add Site
3. Verify it
4. Add Sitemap: Sitemaps>Add a Site Map>Add General Web Site Map> copy-paste the following code:


Where 500 is the number of links to be indexed in your blog. You can write 1000 f.e. if Your blog has more than 500 links.
It works. No problem with invalid xml format or Feedburner Link Errors.

Here we go, enjoy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cigarette Sales of Altria.

Altria Tobacco Company

One of the biggest tobacco companies Altria announced that it would reduce the volume of export cigarettes from America to Europe (to 57 billion cigarettes per year) and switch to supplies from other countries from its 42 factories around the world. The largest cigarette and tobacco factories are located in the Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Turkey and Ukraine. Last year 831.4 billion cigarettes were produced by Altria Tobacco Company.

Sales of cigarettes and tobacco at European and Latin American markets are falling slowly ( 0.9% and 2.6% respectively for the last year), in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa up to 0.8%. As for Asia cigarette sales are growing rapidly - by 15.9%.

Sales of tobacco products in the U.S. fell by 3.3% for the last year.

The share of Philip Morris International in the world market for cigarettes is 15.4%, but it will change shortly.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cigarettes Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco kills smokers. This is the only product that even in small doses adversely affects health. In general, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers. Smoking reduces potency, not to mention yellow skin, bad smell from mouth. Tobacco is the reason of many diseases. Smoking causes at least 90% of lung cancer, 15-20% of other cancers, 75% of chronic bronchitis and lung emphysemas, 25% of deaths from cardiovascular diseases.

Smoking damages health and kills people around the smoker. Passive smoking shortens life in average by 5 years.

Smoking kills and harms the health of children. Smoking before and especially during pregnancy, when breastfeeding greatly harms the health of child, and also increases the risk of several diseases throughout his life.

Smoking causes severe addiction, comparable in strength with heroin. According to a study of one of the world's largest tobacco companies (Imperial Tobacco, in 1989): "43% of smokers tried to quit smoking, but only 1.8% have succeeded. 72% of women who stopped smoking during pregnancy resume smoking after giving birth.

There is no safe tobacco. The impact of "light", "mild" cigarettes and other has no different from any other cigarette, it is only tobacco companies' marketing move aimed at deceiving smokers.

Marketing moves tobacco companies is extremely subtle. This advertising and entertainment at sporting events, and in colored magazines, the distribution of cigarettes in the streets, an indirect advertising in the movies. Tobacco companies intimidate owners of restaurants that smoking bans would lead to lower attendance and thus reduce profits.

Is Smoking free choice? Tobacco companies argue that smoking is a human right. Ask your friends smokers if they would like to quit smoking. Ask them what they knew about the dangers of smoking at a time when they started smoking. Ask those who live near smokers whether they are pleased to breathe cigarettes smoke and see cigarette butts under their feet.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cigarette Sales in Japan.

Cigarette Cards

Each smoker in Japan will soon be forced to present a special plastic card with a photograph and a microchip to buy cigarettes and tobacco.

The decision to introduce such a system was adopted by tobacco companies associations, led by tobacco giant Japan Tobacco to tighten rules of cigarette sales.

Each tobacco manufacturers has to take special measures to protect cigarettes sales to minors.

Tobacco cards will be available free of charge in a specially organised centres where each smoker can provide a photo and a copy of any identity cards specifying the date of birth.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Chewing Tobacco and Ordinary Cigarettes

Us scientists found out that smokeless tobacco contains more carcinogens and increases the risk of cancer in comparison with ordinary cigarettes.

Researchers from the Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota found that inhaling or chewing tobacco increases the number of harmful molecules that cause pancreatic tumor, nasal mucosa.

As specialists inform, smokeless tobacco is no longer a safe alternative to regular smoking, it increases the risk of cancer.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Cigarettes and Tobacco Online purchase.

At least four hundred sites on the World Wide Web offer cigarettes and tobacco without asking the age of customers. It should be noted that even the porn site owners interested in the age of buyers.

An interesting experiment was held by Kurt Ribisl in the University of North Carolina. Young volunteers were able to order cigarettes and tobacco products from the WWW. 83 attempts were taken, 92% of them were successful. Upon delivery of purchases, packages of cigarettes were often simply delivered to the customer's door.

Interesting fact, isn't it ?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Cigarette Kills

According to Interfax, one guy tried to quit smoking many years, and desperately, cut off his right hand. Stupid act - because you can keep a cigarette with your left hand ,and a passion for smoking certainly is not in his hand, but in the head. Fortunately, doctors managed to sew his hand to its original location.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Menthol Cigarettes

As it claimed by smokers, menthol cigarettes have no unpleasant sensations in the mouth and it becomes even easier to breathe.

But this is isn't so. First of all, menthol has no effect on reducing the number of smokers breathable carcinogens, tar and toxins (there are nearly 4 thousand in tobacco smoke).

Secondly, menthol masks unpleasant feelings after the delay, while annoying receptors oral mucosa. This, in turn, leads to increased coronary vessels and bronchi.

As a result, the menthol cigarette smoker absorbs into the blood tars and nicotine much faster. This means that the effects of smoking such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer comes faster to menthol smkers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Are You still smoking ?

Anyone can argue that this information is’n new, but it’s up to You to read it or not.

Each cigarette pack has a warning that smoking kills, but nobody stops! And have a look on results.

It was in the UK. Fifty years ago, the English Council of Medical Research (Medical Research Council) published a scientific report, which showed that smoking can cause lung cancer.

British doctors led by Sir Richard Dollom (Richard Doll) set a goal: to compare the dangers of smoking for men whose harmful habit formed at different times, and to determine the degree of risk reduction when people quit smoking in a particular age.

They wanted to know why so many people die because of lung cancer and tried to link it with nicotine.

Sir Richard Doll - world-known researcher. He has received countless number of awards for his works.

UK scientists leaded the experiment lasted from 1951 to 2001. 34 thousand 439 men took part in it.

All of them were were born in the period between 1900 and 1930 years.

The average age of these men when they started smoking was 18 years old. On average, they have been told that to smoke up to 18 cigarettes a day.

The results of this large-scale work is now published in the British medical journal (British Medical Journal). So let’s look what happens.

Deaths from smoking is linked mainly with cardiovascular diseases, respiratory system diseases and cancer.

Those who smoked cigarettes, had died about 10 years earlier than those who had never smoked.

Nicotine addiction kills almost half of all smokers at average age of 35 to 69 years.

Immediate murderer - cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Cessation of smoking in 60, 50, 40 or 30 years, extend the life of ex-smokers, respectively, 3, 6, 9 and 10 years.

So it’s never late to quit.

In 1954, 80% of the adult population of Great Britain smoked. As of today - 26%.

But nicotine is still considered the main killer of Britons - it is responsible for one third of all deaths. Six million people have died due to tobacco for the same 50 years.

From 34 thousand 439 doctors that took part in this experiment 5 thousand 900 people are still alive, and only 134 of them are still smoking.

92-year-old Sir Richard comments:

"I can only tell people that if they enjoy their lives, then go on smoking is terribly silly."

So, do You want to smoke ?